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UCLA doctors make history 'jump-starting' brain of 25-year-old coma patient.

  • Currently, post-coma patients require life-threatening brain surgery
  • A new test by UCLA used new device to pulse ultrasound into the brain
  • The scientists targeted the sensory hub (thalamus) with 10 pulses…
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Back to the connectome

So re-reading Edelson and Tononi’s book, A Universe of Consciousness: How Matter Becomes Imagination, I began thinking about the connectome. In previous posts (5/31/15, 6/29/15, 9/23/15) I have talked about how the connectome is the dynamic set of connections and neural activity that is ongoing, shaped by experience, flexible enough for cogitating new circumstances yet set deeply enough to maintain personality, cognitive skills, and autobiographical memory over a lifetime and even beyond when you consider the young lady (see post 1/10/15) who was chilled to death for some hours and then revived well enough with therapeutic help to recover her self more or less completely over time. 647 more words

44 year old man discovers he's been living without 90% of his brain

A scan of the man missing 90% of his brain.

by Paul Ratner

What we think we know about our brains is nothing compared to what we don’t know. 413 more words


FDA Approves First MRI-Guided Focused Ultrasound Device to Treat Essential Tremor

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved the first focused ultrasound device to treat essential tremor in patients who have not responded to medication. ExAblate Neuro uses magnetic resonance (MR) images taken during the procedure to deliver focused ultrasound to destroy brain tissue in a tiny area thought to be responsible for causing tremors. 676 more words


A human study of pain avoidance

This 2016 UK human study found:

“People differ in how they learn to avoid pain, with some individuals refraining from actions that resulted in painful outcomes, whereas others favor actions that helped prevent pain…

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Limbic System


The thalamus (from Greek θάλαμος, “chamber”)[1] is a midline symmetrical structure of two halves, within the vertebrate brain, situated between the cerebral cortex… 565 more words


The diencephalon

The diencephalon is part of the prosencephalon (forebrain), which develops from the foremost primary cerebral vesicle. Theprosencephalon differentiates into a caudal diencephalon and rostral… 39 more words